Wednesday’s dailies cover China's boat disaster plus a legal complaint against a newspaper editor over a secret arms story


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Newspapers on Wednesday focused on the China boat disaster plus Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's criminal complaint against the daily CUMHURIYET's editor-in-chief Can Dundar over a report on alleged arms trafficking.

HURRIYET ran the headline: “It sank within 50 seconds,” referring to the Chinese boat called the Dongfangzhixing (Eastern Star).

The daily ran a photo showing rescue teams searching for those who remain on board the stricken cruise ship, stating that 3,000 emergency personnel were involved in the operation.

The boat went down on Monday after being caught in a cyclone in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in Hubei Province. Over 400 passengers, five travel-agency workers and 47 crewmembers were on board.

China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported that 14 people have been rescued and seven are confirmed dead so far.

Local newspaper Hubei Daily quoted a meteorological agency as saying that the ship was momentarily overturned "by strong winds on a scale of 12 [up 130 kilometers/80 miles per hour]". Most of the remaining passengers are reported to be aged between 60 and 70 years old.

“Screams are arising,” was MILLIYET’s headline. It reported that screams for help from the passengers were heard during the rescue operation.

HABERTURK ran the headline on its front page: “Boat disaster in China: 400 people are stranded.”

In other news, “Criminal complaint for Can Dundar,” SABAH writes, referring to a complaint lodged by Erdogan against CUMHURIYET's editor-in chief Dundar over an arms-running report.

Erdogan’s lawyer on Tuesday filed an action against Dundar, whose newspaper alleged on Friday that Turkey’s MIT intelligence agency was ferrying arms to rebels in Syria.

It used the front-page headline: “Here are the arms Erdogan says there were not.”

In the complaint, handed to the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office by Erdogan's lawyer Muammer Cemiloglu, Dundar is accused of committing a crime by publishing “false footage and information” in an attempt to bring down the Republic of Turkey and prevent the state from carrying out its duties.

CUMHURIYET ran the headline on today’s front page: “We are with you,” with dozens of pictures of intellectuals and artists who support Dundar and the daily’s investigation.

CUMHURIYET’s story related to the stopping of MIT trucks by gendarmes in southern Adana and Hatay provinces in January 2014. Photographs and video appeared to show crates filled with weapons and ammunition stacked under boxes containing medical supplies. In one photograph, the arms’ serial numbers are visible.

The search of the MIT trucks, which was illegal under national security laws, resulted in 26 gendarmes being arrested. At the time, the Interior Ministry claimed the trucks were carrying humanitarian aid to Syria’s Turkmen community.

In other news, MILLIYET's front page headline was: "Azez alarm."

It reported that Daesh had launched an offensive to take Azez district and the Es Selame border crossing near Turkey's southern province of Kilis. The daily said that the Free Syrian Army and Al-Nusra Front had started acting together against Daesh.

In economic news, DUNYA wrote on its front page: “Greece may enter IMF shame list.”

The daily reported that if Athens fails to make any of its $1.7 billion loan repayments to the International Monetary Fund this month, it will be among the countries such as Cuba, Zimbabwe, and Sudan which could not pay their debts.

Greece is close to running out of funds to run its banks and public services. Credit rating agency Moody's said last month that funds could run out as early as mid-June. It is hoped that negotiations on Wednesday will lead to the release of the next 7.2 billion euro ($7.8 billion) tranche of the bailout.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Haziran 2015, 12:02